Crippling energy prices and badly insulated homes will lead to the loss of thousands of lives and seriously damage older people’s health this winter, warns a new report.
It shows cold homes are costing the NHS £1.36 billion every year in hospital and primary care as older people struggle with respiratory problems, stroke and heart attacks triggered by the cold.
Around 27,000 excess winter deaths are expected this year, including avoidable fatalities among older people, says the charity Age UK.
In a new report The Cost of Cold, it says a ‘major factor’ in two out of five extra winter deaths is living in a cold home.
It says superior building standards in countries like Finland and Sweden which insist on insulation and double glazing mean they have warmer homes than in the UK, which has a milder climate.